New York City mayor announces $100 million health care program

NYC to provide a $100M 'public option' for healthcare to city's 600,000 uninsured de Blasio says

"We are saying the word "guarantee" because we can make it happen".

Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) said he feared that the $100 million cost could rise as more New Yorkers decide to opt into the program in the future or if federal and state governments change the rates of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Island's Project Hospitality, the Rev. Terry Troia, said she was thrilled by the mayor's plan.

Starting immediately, the city will rely on its own public insurance program, known as MetroPlus, to try to attract about 300,000 uninsured residents eligible for coverage. "I refuse the notion that these folks don't deserve health care", the mayor said of undocumented immigrants.

De Blasio, announcing the NYC Care initiative at Lincoln Hospital, said about 600,000 New Yorkers do not have any health care coverage at all.

In 2014, a yearlong pilot program called "Action Health NYC" showed that enrollees were more likely to receive preventive care and diagnoses of chronic conditions. It also remained unclear how the city will persuade the "young invincibles" - those who can afford insurance but believe they don't need it - to join up. De Blasio also said he will hold a press conference later on Tuesday to explain his plan in greater detail.

On Twitter, De Blasio wrote that there would be a public option and a new program called NYC Care. We want to increase the amount of healthcare that people can reach.

"We applaud Governor Newsom for building on the strong foundation of the Affordable Care Act in his first official action", Lee said in a statement.

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'If folks get primary care or mental health services when they need them at the right point in life, that means you avoid everything from homelessness, incarceration, people losing their jobs'.

People respond differently when they know something is guaranteed, he continued.

"If we don't help people get the health care, we're going to pay plenty on the back end when people get really sick".

Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who ran unsuccessfully against de Blasio in the 2017 mayor's race, criticized the expanded health care plan. What do they all have in common?

The premise is that it will be more cost-effective to give people regular medical care than to rely on hospital emergency rooms to treat serious health problems that could have been addressed at far less expense earlier. "It's knowing where you can go for care and feeling welcome when you go for care. We want people to be in business and thrive, but we also want to make sure that people are protected", Councilman Jumaane Williams told CBS2's Marcia Kramer.

That program, NYC Care, will launch this summer and will cost at least $100 million annually at full scale, the city said.

The policy is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from a wide range of industries.

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